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One miscue on the path to glory

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Jake Gyllenhaal takes it on the chin in ‘Southpaw’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in “Southpaw”; Rating: R, Grade: D+ Jake Gyllenhaal has been working his way up the contender’s list since earning an Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actor) for “Brokeback Mountain,” which was released back in 2005. At the time, […]

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‘Mr. Holmes’ ties up loose ends

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Director Bill Condon lets the detective set his story straight By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in “Mr. Holmes”; Rating: PG, Grade: B+ I can’t say I’ve made the leap back to Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated detective. In recent years, I made forays into the literary detective genre, but I have done […]

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Amy Schumer avoids a major crash in ‘Trainwreck’

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From stand-up to television to film, this comic rides her own bullet train By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Schumer as Amy and Bill Hader as Aaron in “Trainwreck”; Rating: R, Grade: A Amy Schumer is on the fastest of the fast tracks. The successful stand-up comedienne made the transition from the stage of comedy clubs […]

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My daddy thinks I’m fine: the tragedy of ‘Amy’

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How we’re all implicated in the loss of Amy Winehouse By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Amy” features clips, images and interviews examining the life of vocalist Amy Winehouse; Rating: R, Grade: A “I ain’t got the time, and if my daddy thinks I’m fine…” That line from Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough single, “Rehab,” says so much because […]

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Lotta magic left in Mike

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Channing Tatum and his crew get together for another dance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Channing Tatum as Mike Lane in “Magic Mike XXL”; Rating: R, Grade: A Curiosity dominated the critical conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven Soderbergh (the filmmaking chameleon who so deftly walked the fine line between the independent world and the […]

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Commending Coffy

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Pam Grier: The sexiest woman in the movie universe By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Pam Grier as Jackie Brown in “Jackie Brown,” 1997 Olive Films is releasing three classics of the Blaxploitation era—“Coffy” (1973), “Foxy Brown” (1974) and “Friday Foster” (1975)—featuring the undeniably tough and beautiful Pam Grier. As a child in the early 1970s, my […]

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Looking forward to ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’

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Love and sex in the twilight years By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Blythe Danner as Carol Petersen in “I’ll See You In My Dreams”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: B+ American cinema has a problem with depictions of the lives of mature (read: older) characters; though, to be completely honest, the point could be argued that the industry […]

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All we need is a little ‘Love & Mercy’

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Astonishing new feature focuses on two periods in the Brian Wilson saga By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy”; Rating: R, Grade: A God only knows what demons plagued Brian Wilson, but film producer Bill Pohlad (“Into the Wild” and “12 Years a Slave”) teams up with writers Oren […]

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‘Tomorrowland’ is a day and paradise lost

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Brad Bird and George Clooney take audiences on an unfulfilling trip By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: George Clooney and Thomas Robinson as old and young Frank Walker in “Tomorrowland”; Rating: PG, Grade: C+ Is the world truly small after all? That’s the question that lingers with me days after watching Brad Bird’s new futuristic family-friendly fantasy. […]

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Not so far from modern sensibilities

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Thomas Vinterberg adapts Thomas Hardy and finds modern parallels By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene in “Far From the Madding Crowd”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) certainly has her wits about her; at least that sounds like something that might have been said of the character between the days […]

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‘Back to Life’: what’s a pet’s soul II soul?

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What happens when animals return from the dead? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: A dog becomes a test subject for a neurotransmitter stimulant in “The Lazarus Effect” I need to start off by admitting that I am not much of a pet guy. I had fish for a hot minute as a kid, took care of […]

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Taking a ride on ‘The D Train’

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Reunion allows a forgotten figure a chance at redemption By T.T. Stern-Enzi What does it say about our culture and society when watching the story of someone like Dan Landsman (Jack Black), a quintessential high school loser, a member of the invisible forgotten class, that we all seemingly automatically identify with him, especially as he […]

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The age of the Marvel?

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Cross-platform releases could signal a shift in the Marvel narrative experience By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” Expectations couldn’t be higher for the upcoming Marvel/Disney release “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” especially in light of this year’s front-loading of each month of […]

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Moving on up the evolutionary ladder

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“Ex Machina” dares to question the definitions of “gods” and “robots” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alicia Vikander as Ava in “Ex Machina”; Rating: R, Grade: A As the summer movie season approaches, I am heartened by the notion that 2015 will stand out as the year that the independent filmmaking model lives up to its […]

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Daring to tell a ‘True Story’

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Lying is all about performance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jonah Hill as Michael Finkel and James Franco as Christian Longo in “True Story”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ There’s a sneaky logic to the old adage – “All stories are true” (which John Edgar Wideman wisely sampled as the title for a collection of short stories) […]

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‘While We’re Young’ from a different worldview

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Generation X and hipsters clash from the sideline By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Adam Driver as Jamie and Ben Stiller as Josh in “While We’re Young”; Rating: R, Grade: B Writer-director Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha”) sets out, in his latest film “While We’re Young,” to skewer the pretensions and First World problems of the artistically privileged […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]